“Don’t blame me” isn’t exactly what Sanders said, but it was the gist of what he told Brennan. “I understand we’re not the bad guys you’re describing in the book when it comes to media,” Brennan said, according to the CBS transcript. “But tickets for your tour apparently are selling for $95 on Ticketmaster, which is accused of anti-competitive behavior. You know that. Some of your Democrats are criticizing them. “Aren’t you benefiting yourself from this system that you’re trying to dismantle?” Sanders tried to wave off the insinuation. “No, I’m not. I — first of all — first of all, those decisions are made totally by the publisher and the bookseller. “I think there’s one case where, in one place here in Washington, Politics and Prose, an independent bookstore, charging some tickets. Most of them, I think, are $40, $50. And you get a book as well. So, if you want to come [ed. note: it looked for all the world like he threw in a wink there], you’re going to have to pay 40 bucks. I will throw in the book for free. “And we’re doing a number of free events, but I don’t make a nickel out of these things at all.” Actually, whether he makes a nickel out of these things is open to question, money being the fungible thing that it is. [firefly_poll] Sanders might not be paid for free events, and he might not even get a cut of the ticket prices, but such appearances are almost certainly written into his publishing contract as the kind of promotional activities he has to do to make the book attractive to potential buyers, which makes money for the book publisher and that — by the miracles of copyright, contract law and capitalism — means money for the independent senator from Vermont. Regardless, Sanders’ scrambled explanation wasn’t very convincing. And social media users weren’t shy about it:
CBS’s Margaret Brennan calls out socialist Bernie Sanders benefiting from capitalism while railing against it: “Tickets for your tour apparently are selling for $95 on TicketMaster…Aren’t you benefitting yourself from this system that you’re trying to dismantle?” pic.twitter.com/0GEG6gAvEZ— Kevin Tober (@KevinTober94) February 19, 2023
Ah, yes…the “publisher” and the “book seller” are to blame. Is that the same publisher who paid your advance?Maybe if your anti-capitalist ideas are so important, you work gratis–pro bono–for the betterment of mankind? — Craig Randall (@craigtherandall) February 20, 2023
This old man is as corrupt as the day is long.— Tom DiLascio (@tomd0249) February 20, 2023
Could have just released the book online as an unencrypted book format. But nah…gotta make that money— Ron (@ratheon22) February 20, 2023
Bernie actually said “I don’t make a nickel” out of that. You gotta hand it to the Socialists, they got the Woke eating out of their hand. Bernie Maddoff ain’t got nothing on Bernie Sanders.— One Hundred Years From Now Publishing (@hundred_from) February 20, 2023
The event in question is scheduled for March 1 at The Anthem, a 2,500- to 6,000-seat venue in the nation’s capital. Tickets are being handled by Ticketmaster, a giant in the live entertainment field and a current bugaboo among Democrats for what they consider price gouging. (Thanks in large part to the liberal pop star Taylor Swift and her fans.) “But you’re OK doing business with Ticketmaster?” Brennan asked. “No, not particularly,” Sanders said. “But that’s — again, I have nothing to do with that. “That is — if you wrote a book, it would probably be the same process … I write a book, a major publisher, et cetera, et cetera.” “I have nothing to do with that.” Yep, old Bernie is just a cog in the machine — the machine he’d love to burn to the ground because it’s done nothing but make it possible for guys like Bernie Sanders to run around spouting socialist slogans while dividing his time among his three homes (one in D.C., two in Vermont). It’s a pity Brennan didn’t follow up on the question with some others, like: “You talk about $40 like it’s change you find in the couch. Is $40 really so meaningless to you?” or “Given that the ticket prices are a reflection of inflation as much as your popularity, do you think the socialist policies of President Biden and the last Congress are more to blame for the $95 charge than you or your publisher are?” Or even, as some Twitter users might have thought: “Why charge for the book at all? Why not give it away for free?” Judging by Sanders’ scrambling on just Brennan’s softball question, and her even softer follow-up, it’s a good bet he wouldn’t have had a good answer. Socialists never do. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Hypocritism is what these Left wingers adhere to— InTheFlesch (@Steve_Flesch) February 20, 2023